Second half rally leads Miners to win over Panthers
The win moved the Miners ahead of the Panthers in the league standings in a tight race for playoff spots, as S&T heads into a break in its schedule on Sunday while the rest of the GLVC will be in action.
Drury held a 1-0 lead at the intermission on a goal by Brody Johnson in the seventh minute of play, but the Miners began to create scoring chances throughout the first half – the best being on a shot by Ian Hansen (Springfield, MO/Kickapoo) that was stopped by the foot of Panther goalkeeper Nicolas Helinin the 14th minute.
The Miners missed two golden chances to tie the game up early in the second half. In the 48thminute, Felipe Andrade (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/) got to a loose ball in the box before Helin did and had his shot blocked by the keeper, then David Murphy (Naperville, IL/Naperville Central) hit the rebound over the top of the net.
About two minutes later, Trey Haman (St. Louis, MO/St. Louis University HS) got a pass on the far side of the net with Helin out of position, but his shot was cleared off the end line by the Panther defense.
However, Haman got S&T even in the 64th minute when he got a cross from Martin Klevjer(Trondheim, Norway/) in the middle of the box and knocked the shot past Helin to knot the contest.
In the 69th minute, after Miner goalkeeper Aaron Hohenstein (St. Louis, MO/Lutheran South) turned away a high shot by Drury's Ben Bruce, the Miners got a free kick opportunity on the Drury end of the field. Unnar Ulfarsson (Gardabaer, Iceland/Fjolnir Reykjavik) played the ball into the box and Tyler Sivadon (Spring, TX/Concordia Lutheran) ran in and headed it by Helin to give S&T a 2-1 lead.
S&T's defense held firm after it got the advantage, with Hohenstein stopping the three Panther shots on goal in the final 18 minutes of play.
The Miners (6-4-1, 5-4 GLVC) outshot the Panthers (5-5, 4-4 GLVC) 19-17 in the contest, with Hohenstein finishing with five saves. S&T also had seven corner kick chances to five for Drury.
Missouri S&T, currently in sole possession of seventh place in a race where second and 10th place are separated by just two and one-half games, returns to the pitch when it hosts Maryville at 7:30 p.m.